CBD oil is all the rage for 2018. But what exactly is it, what does it do, and is it really good for you? Here’s everything you need to know.
Over the years, tens of thousands of supplements have graced the health and wellbeing market. But none have caused as big a stir as CBD oil. Yes, it comes from the cannabis plant. No, it will not cause hallucinations, give you a case of the munchies or get you ‘high’…
What is ‘CBD’?
CBD – aka ‘cannabidiol’ – is a natural extract derived from industrial hemp plants. Though the ‘hemp’ plant and the ‘marijuana’ plant are both strains of cannabis, industrially grown hemp plants contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive ingredient ‘THC’, which is responsible for the ‘marijuana high’.
‘Trace amounts’ of THC means an amount of THC so small that it has zero impact on your psycho-active state”, explains Dr Sarah Brewer.
CBD is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant and typically contains no more than 0.3% THC, making it impossible to feel any psychoactive effects. It is then mixed with a carrier oil, such as MTC (similar to coconut oil) and used in food supplements, skincare products, health foods and even shampoo! It is perfectly legal to buy and take CBD oil in the UK, and many other places around the world.
What does CBD oil do?
CBD has gained momentum in the health and wellbeing industry in 2018, with studies showing it may help treat everything from joint pain, anxiety and depression and even acne!
With anti-inflammatory and antibiotic actions, CBD has also been found to help improve skin conditions such as acne. The reason? CBD helps to control the body’s production of sebum, which can block the sebaceous glands and cause spots.
Studies have shown that CBD oil effectively reduces feelings of anxiety and depression in those suffering with GAD – aka Generalised Anxiety Disorder – by reducing muscle tension, restlessness and fatigue, and improving concentration.
A study involving 24 people with social anxiety were asked to take either CBD or placebo 90 minutes before undergoing a public speaking test. These results were then compared against those of 12 people with no social anxiety. CBD significantly reduced anxiety, muddled thoughts, social discomfort and anxiety compared with placebo. As a result, those taking CBD performed as well as those without social anxiety.
Helps you sleep
Thanks to its anxiety-reducing properties, CBD oil is thought to help improve the quality of REM sleep (dream sleep), which is important for the brain to learn, consolidate memories and balance mood.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has been effective at reducing pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms and other similar conditions.
How much CBD oil should I take?
CBD oil is well tolerated in most people and very few side effects are reported. The best way to introduce CBD supplements into your diet is to start with a low dosage and gradually increase as necessary.
You can shop CBD oils at allbeauty.com
* If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking vitamins or supplements. Do not use CBD during pregnancy or breastfeeding.